Evening wear by John Lewis.
The dinner suit is one of those items that every man should have in his wardrobe. With Daniel Craig everywhere looking elegant and sophisticated in his white tuxedo jacket by Tom Ford in the promotional pictures for Spectre, the time has arrived to start planning for the upcoming party season and get inspired by the iconic style of James Bond.
The dinner suit or Tuxedo has changed very little since its arrival in the mid-nineteenth century, a fitted jacket with slit pockets, one-button fastening and a shawl collar is neatly accessorised with a white shirt and bow tie. Whist we are unsure of the exact origins of the dinner suit, Edward VII, the prince of Wales is said to have worn a blue smoking jacket with matching trousers to an informal dinner at Sandringham in 1865.
In 1886, a New York millionaire and coffee broker James Brown Potter, a guest of the prince, followed the footsteps of the dapper prince and introduced the style to members of Tuxedo Park, a private club for wealthy New Yorkers. The more informal 'Tuxedo' was born and now comes in various guises including the dinner suit, black tie or the Tuxedo.
To celebrate the dinner suit, John Lewis has introduced a collection for Autumn/Winter 2015 celebrating this iconic style including peak lapel velvet jackets in rich navy or burgundy and a particular favourite a dark blue jacquard dinner jacket by Kin at John Lewis. The style originally born in the 1930's is now widely accepted as the style most suitable for formal occasions and you will be hard pressed to find another label offering a modern, minimal and subtle collection perfect for the season ahead.